One of the things I loved best about LA (aside from the tendency of Los Angelenos to say charming things like “oh, all the best artists come from Canada!” and the beautiful way they have of valuing creative labour in general) is that despite the bigness of LA, the city still believes in and uses [...]Continue Reading →
Looking back over these photos, I can still remember the exact temperature (brisk) and smell (outdoorsy) of the air in this place on this day.
The trails that lead from to and around the Observatory in Griffith Park give you amazing views of all of LA, from the city to the sky.
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The neighborhood in LA that Cecil calls “home” has another name, and that name is Silverlake.
Normally when I’m in a new city, I like to find out how it works at an infrastructural level– subways, traffic, sanitation– and how these details impact or reflect back on the people who live there.
I’ve already discussed [...]Continue Reading →
Part of my research for my upcoming novel, Rhythm & Blues (Doubleday, 2010) involved subscribing to RSS feeds from celebrity “news and gossip” sites (or gossip and gossip if you prefer). So I’m almost too familiar with the narrow view of LA you can glimpse past the preening and puking stars that populate celebrity news [...]Continue Reading →
Good morning! Today we continue our blog back in time to the distant era of March, and the mythical land of Los Angeles.
I was in LA primarily to hang out with my friend, YA author Cecil Castellucci, invade her apartment, and make it impossible for her to get any serious work done. I’m [...]Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking it might be fun to backtrack and tell you about my trip to LA, and then Toronto, and then Kitchener in March. I have so many people, places and books to introduce you to!
But first up, the flight to LA itself.
My planned reading material for the flight was Lisa [...]Continue Reading →